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Town hit seven and go fourth thanks to Riddell hat-trick
Ringwood Town 1
Andover Town 7.
Town boss Neil Benson said he was looking for ‘a reaction’ after last Saturday’s defeat at Team Solent and in the end he got seven of them as his side demolished Ringwood Town at Long Lane this afternoon.
It was a stunning display which could easily have reached double figures as hat-trick man Tom Riddell was replaced by Michael Dixon for the last 20 minutes and he could have had a treble of his own as he terrorised a wilting home back line which coughed up two more goals in injury time.
Strangely it all looked so different in the first 13 minutes as the home side settled first and began to play on a bone hard but flat pitch and after Tom Richards had volleyed over from a good position it took an awful defensive error to prise open the scoreboard and from there it was one way traffic.
Home defender Scott Hancox headed an innocuous ball back into his own area and Riddell had all the time he needed to crash home a right foot drive past an increasingly frustrated Jon Page.
Seven minutes later it was 2-0 as Jordon O’Donnell was clattered near the touchline and Ollie Yates’ free-kick found Richards and his glancing header beat Page with ease.
O’Donnell and player-coach Lewis Benson were beginning to enjoy themselves in the centre of the park and they teamed again to set up Riddell but this time he was kept out by Page who by then was rapidly approaching boiling point. His demeanour was done no favours just before the half hour when a clinical move involving Lewis Benson and O’Donnell across the penalty area opened up a chance for winger Yates and he made it 3-0.
Claudio Herbert was seeing plenty of the ball on the right and twice he set up but the hard working Page was equal to both to keep the score at 3-0 at the break.
Once again Ringwood came out ready to scrap for the ball but after Jake Osmond had weaved into the Town area and mishit his cross shot Andover again got into the groove. Benson all but walked in the fourth but was again foiled by Page and Herbert began to cause havoc once more, setting up Riddell who was wide but moments later Richards jinked a perfect pass through to Riddell who turned a defender and smashed the fourth past Page with a stunning finish on the hour.
Boss Benson went for the jugular and swapped Richards for Tom Pigford and within seconds it was 5-0 as Riddell again waltzed through the defence and his left foot finish put the gloss on an excellent hat-trick. His work was done and he made way for the muscular Dixon and he bulldozed through three times but his finish did not match the build up and so it was up to Tony Bellow to beat the Town offside trap to pull one back for Ringwood in injury time.
The scoreline only had a tinge of respectability for seconds as a Yates corner was not cleared and Lewis Benson knocked in the sixth and the players were still congratulating themselves when Herbert wandered into the area and tucked away the seventh which was the catalyst for home keeper Page to all but spontaneously combust but he regathered his senses as the whistle went and Andover Town went home with the points and a fourth place spot in the Wessex League Division One.